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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole. It was inspired by this famous line from a well-loved childrenís storybook:

"And Santa sat on his great butt, enjoying a hardy brew..."

In case you find that amusing, the brewer hastens to point out that in England, "butt" refers to a certain sized barrel, in fact, holding 108 Imperial gallons. Back in the day it was quite a normal thing for a brewery to put its beer up in a large butt for storage. Still snickering, eh? Get your mind out of the gutter, or Santa will be skipping your house entirely this year.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottled. Weak for a porter. Didnít have any bite to it. Had a malt flavot that I wasnít to crazy about.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sregnar35 (991) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Very thin and underperforming porter. Eyes closed itís an ale all day. Just didnít have the bite of a true porter, too bad cuz I like the bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5831) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Broudyís Liquors, Jacksonville Beach, Fl. 1pt. .9 fl oz bottle. Pours a coal black with some ruby hints and a decenlty thick creamy mocha head. Tangy aroma, has elements of port, chocolate and ripening fruit. Flavor has some sweetness to it, with some candied sugar noted. Has some earthy undertones with a trace of peppermint. Fades just slighlty at the end. Decenlty thick mouthfeel. Overall, a solid porter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4998) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 26, 2005
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of large light brown colored frothy mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a poor lacing and an opaque body with a dark brown color that was visible only around the edges. No carbonation was visible due to the opacity. The aroma was malty and port-like with a few sweet and roasty notes. The mouth feel was tingly with a sweet smooth mellow porter aftertaste lingering in the finish. The flavor contained notes of dark malts and was light and thin.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2005
Nearly opaque with a fading head, small ring and no lace. The aroma has notes of milk chocolate, hazelnut, smoke, a hint of molasses, and an earthy yeast ester. The taste starts with a smoked meat note, minor notes of chocolate and coffee, and a lactic undertone. The feel is thin and pretty lifeless. A underwhelming porter to say the least.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
Black with White Ring. Coffee and Chocolate Roasts Aroma. Thin Mouthfeel, Skanky Cold Coffee with Hoppy Ending. Aroma Had More Promise.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Smooth pour with aroma of black licorice and molassas. The taste at first is sweet then settles into a coffee. Mouthfeel is sort of oily coating the whole palate before ending quietly with almost no aftertaste.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6488) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown to black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (burnt caramel, roasted grain), with a light note of licorice. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Not much aroma of flavor of interest, kinda bland and watery. Hardy? Hardly.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
nice: flavor is a mix of chocolate and roasty nuttiness. mouthfeel is pretty creamy. overall, a decently nice creamy sweet porter. nothing to write home about, but pretty good.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
hotstuff (4353) - Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle. Not going to say much about this one because thereís not much to say about it other than it was bad IMMHO. Watery, thin, malty, subtle chocolate flavor. Not enticing at all.


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